In line with the APSC Guidance for Agency Heads – Gifts and Benefits(Opens in a new tab/window), agency heads are required to publicly disclose all gifts or benefits accepted and valued at over $AUD100.00 (excluding GST). Reporting gifts and benefits accepted by agency heads in the performance of official duties helps to maintain public confidence in the integrity of APS agencies and the APS more broadly.

Agency heads must uphold and promote the APS Values and Employment Principles and abide by the Code. In doing so, the acceptance and declaration of gifts and benefits must be considered in the context of:

  • impartiality;
  • accountability;
  • ethical conduct;
  • behaving honestly and with integrity;
  • avoiding any conflict of interest; and
  • not improperly using the agency head’s duties, status, power or authority to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or an advantage.

Agency heads must update their register of all gifts and benefits accepted with a value of more than $AUD100.00 (excluding GST), within 31 days of receiving the gift or benefit. Where agency heads have not accepted any gifts during the reporting period, a ‘nil’ declaration must be included on the gifts and benefits register.

Registers must be published quarterly by 30 April, 31 July, 30 October, and 31 January each year.

Gifts/Benefits received – Current Periods

1 October 2023 to 31 December 2023

Date received Recipient Description of Gift/Benefit/Occasion Organisation Estimated value in AUD (excl. GST)
24-Oct-23 A/g CEO Dinner at Quay Restaurant as part of AusRAIL Plus Convention sideline activities. Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Australia on behalf of the Mermec Group. $150
24-Oct-23 General Manager Dinner at Quay Restaurant as part of AusRAIL Plus Convention sideline activities. Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Australia on behalf of the Mermec Group. $150

 

1 July 2023 to 30 September 2023

There were no gifts or benefits with an estimated value greater than AUD$100 (excluding GST) accepted by the Agency Head or officials of the High Speed Rail Authority during the reporting period.

Gifts/Benefits received – Previous Periods

13 June 2023 to 30 June 2023

There were no gifts or benefits with an estimated value greater than AUD$100 (excluding GST) accepted by the Agency Head or officials of the High Speed Rail Authority during the reporting period.